Get involved

Whether you like birding with others, learning new skills, helping out, or just meeting other people who share your interest, there are lots of ways you can get involved in Dorset.

Young birders

Hannah Westhenry and Mya Bambrick have become BTO Youth Ambassadors for Dorset. Read Hannah's account below of the first meeting in November 2021 of young Dorset birders. The first event was at Lodmoor in Weymouth and another event was held in Bournemouth/Poole in January 2022.

BTO Dorset Newsletter Dec 2021- Hannah Westhenry article

Volunteering

If you're interested in helping with wildlife conservation there are opportunites through a number of voluntary and public sector bodies. Here are a few:

BARI (The Bird and Recreation Initiative), a new venture set up for Poole Harbour by the local authorities in conjunction with Natural England. See their Volunteering leaflet

Dorset Conservation Volunteers, an independent group of volunteers who undertake work associated with the countryside and conservation, on behalf of charities and other organisations involved in conservation. They have tasks most weekends throughout the year, across the county.  See https://www.dcv.org.uk/

Dorset Wildlife Trust offer a great many opportunities, and have volunteer teams in most parts of Dorset. See their volunteer pages at https://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/things-do/volunteering

Kingfisher Barn in the Stour Valley in north Bournemouth, have plenty of ways to be involved if yiou're interested in volunteering https://www.visitstourvalley.co.uk/support/volunteer-opportunities.aspx  

RSPB welcome volunteers at their reserves, especially Arne where there is a residential volunteer programme. Worth asking locally at Arne or the Weymouth reserves (Lodmoor and Radipole Lake) about current volunteering opportunities, or visit their national page at https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering-fundraising/volunteer/

Upton Coutry Park have volunteers for gardening and for practical conservation, and also for projects - see https://uptoncountrypark.com/get-involved/volunteering/

And check the Countryside Jobs Service website for the latest round-up of volunteering jobs in the conservation/outdoor sector nationwide https://www.countryside-jobs.com/cjs-focus/current-edition

Local birding and wildlife groups

Some areas have local networks to share news or to support less experienced birders. If there isn’t one in your area, why not set one up? Some groups have found WhatsApp to be a great way to communicate. Let us know if there’s a group you’d like listed.

Bridport Bird Club 

About us: The Bridport Bird Club was started in 2021 and comprises a small group of local birders carrying out surveys and bird related conservation projects in the Bridport and West Bay area of West Dorset. New members very welcome!

o Website: Bridportbirdclub.blogspot.com

o email: peteforrest81@gmail.com

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CHOG – Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group

About us: With over 600 members, CHOG is dedicated to recording, promoting and conserving the wildlife of the Christchurch Harbour area. Members enjoy a free copy of the annual, 120-page publication, the Birds of Christchurch Harbour, as well as access to several indoor and outdoor events each year. www.CHOG.org.uk/Join

o Website: www.CHOG.org.uk Updated daily with sightings news

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